The number of "Kens" and "Karens" across all generations (boomer to gen z) who are willfully flocking to super spreader sites like bars/shopping indoors because their entire personality revolves around consumerism isn't surprising but it certainly is disheartening. Drinking wine or craft beer or needing to go to Target is not a personality, folks. You want to be disgusted with humanity, just go look at some of the jackasses who commented on the Burlington mayor's social media after he expressed disappointment with Burlington bars not following protocols. Those poor little snowflakes are being oppressed because they can't drink their Green State on tap.The strategy to keeping the spread of the virus at low/manageable levels appears more and more straightforward by the day.
-Everyone needs to wear masks
-Under absolutely no circumstance are you able to open bars/nightclubs/entertainment venues
Burlington's learning the difficulty of opening bars during a pandemic right now. Governor Scott issued strict guidelines regarding bars; essentially they can open, but they have to operate with table-service ONLY like a restaurant (and of course with capacity restrictions). The issue is the patrons want to drink at a bar, and you can't count on bartenders/staff to self-police their establishments.
Everything else about colleges reopening in places like Vermont or Hawaii--where they've done very good jobs suppressing spread--should be achievable. But you can't let kids party--either at Rasputin's or at some shitty unregulated basement on Buell Street. And you aren't going to be able to shame kids for not adhering to social distancing guidelines... This is the only hang up for me.
And if this does happen and they play their football season in the fall, this will cripple the other conferences that play FBS football. For example, the MAC (schools like Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, etc) play many games every year vs P5 schools, esp the Big Ten. Someone had mentioned the loss of guarantee money for hoops if the season is lost...well, just imagine in football. I know several of those schools, not just in the MAC, but also in Conference-USA, the Mountain West, etc will play a couple of those games annually, which can mean upwards of $1.5 million or more for their budgets. I know a lot of that is used to offset travel for their team and the like, but that is still a giant hole in the budget that will go unfilled.It looks like all of the P5's are going to a conference only schedule for fall sports including football. Let's see if that even happens. I don't think we see a basketball season this year but hope I'm wrong.